PAWLING, N.Y. — Sophomores Chris Alterio and Ryan Donovan provided a spark, combining for 44 points in a 63-54 victory over host Pawling on Jan. 15.

Alterio contributed 21 points, 11 rebounds and was almost perfect from the foul line, going 9 for 10. Donovan was dominant from downtown and ended up with a team-high 23 points.

Junior point guard Miles D’Alessandro added 10 points and seven rebounds.

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“We went to a box-and-one on (David)Bellucci in the third quarter and held him scoreless,” North Salem coach Henry Sassone said of how they pulled out the win. “The key to our victory was that we pulled down 38 rebounds, including 30 on the defensive end.”

The Tigers have a tough non-league contest this week as they travel to Walter Panas for a 6:15 p.m. game on Friday, Jan. 22.

Tigers top Pawling in girls hoops

The girls team continued their winning ways as they also defeated Pawling by a score of 45-32 at home on Jan. 14.

Grace Curran paced the attack again with 15 points, while Elsa Bechu netted 10 points and Maggie Boardman chipped in with seven points.

“We got out to a very good start and were up 13-3 after the first quarter,” North Salem coach Eric Buzzetto said. “We picked up the defense even more and got a nice lead at the half of 28-9. At the start of the third we went very cold and could not hit a shot and Pawling couldn’t miss a shot.”

Pawling clawed back into it, but North Salem held off the comeback attempt with stellar defense late in the game.

“Pawling is a well coached, scrappy team that just never gives up,” Buzzetto said. “We put in a new half-court trap the day before and the girls ran it very well in the fourth quarter. Strong defensive play from Maggie Boardman set the tone for the whole game. Katie McCormack, Livia Dworaczyk and Elsa Bechu dominated the boards the whole game.”

North Salem will host Brewster at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22 in a non-league affair.